Subconscious Mind – History
The old writers on the subject were wont to believe the human memory as an independent faculty of the mind, but this idea disappeared before the advancing tide of knowledge, which resulted in the recognition of the conception now known as The New Psychology.
This new psychology recognizes the survival of a huge “out of consciousness” region of the mind, one phase of which is known as the subconscious mind, also known as subconscious field of mental activities.
The human memory activities have their seat in this field of thinking. A careful consideration of the subject brings the assurance that the entire work of the human memory is performed in this subconscious region of the mind.
The memorized idea or impression emerges from the subconscious region, only when the subconscious record is represented to the conscious field, and recollection or remembrance results.
The entire subject of the human memory simplifies by understanding of this fact, and enables us to perfect plans and techniques whereby the human memory may be developed, improved and trained, by means of the direction of the subconscious actions by the use of the conscious faculties and the will.
The Unconscious Stage Of Human Memory
In The Words Of Hering And Kay
Hering says that human memory is a faculty not only of our conscious states, but also, and much more so, of our unconscious ones. Kay says that, unless we have a clear conception of the fact that there is much in the mind of which we are unconscious, it is not possible to understand the true nature of human memory, or how to train it aright.
Unconscious, as of all the mental powers is the highest form of human memory. Unconscious is when what we wish to recall comes to us instinctively, without any conscious thought or search for it.
Frequently when we wish to recall something that has previously been in the mind we are unable to do so by any conscious effort of the will; but we turn the concentration to something else, and after a time the desired information comes up spontaneously when we are not consciously thinking of it.
In The Words Of Carpenter
Carpenter says that beneath the consciousness which, when once set going, runs on of itself, there is the working of a mechanism and which is more likely to develop the desired result when the conscious activity of the mind is exerted in a direction altogether different.
Everything is recorded in the subconscious region of the mind. This subconscious region of the mind is the great record-file of everything we have ever experienced, thought or known.
In general the best authorities now generally agree that there is no such thing as a complete forgetting of even the minutest impression, notwithstanding the fact that we may be unable to recollect or memorize it, owing to its dizziness, or lack of linked indexing.
It is held that in the sub-conscious index-file, everything is to be found, if we can only manage to find its place. Kay says that we believe that every feeling or thought that has once been before consciousness remains ever afterward impressed upon the mind.
It may never again come up before consciousness, but it will probably remain in that vast ultra-conscious region of the mind, unconsciously molding and fashioning our succeeding thoughts and actions.
It is only a small part of what exists in the mind that we are conscious of. Most the impressions exist in the mind that exists in it unconsciously, and must be stored away somewhere.
When we wish to, we may be able to recall it into consciousness, but at other times the mind is unconscious of its existence. In addition every personâ€™s experience must tell him that there is much in his mind that he cannot always recall when he may wish to do so.
Only after a labored search, he can recover, or that he may search for in vain at the time, but perhaps when he is not thinking about it, he may recollect.
Again, much that we probably would not recur to us under ordinary circumstances, or that would never be able to recall, we may remember to have had in the mind when it is mentioned to us by others.
In such a case there must still have remained some trace or scintilla of it in the mind before we could recognize it as having been there before.
In the Words Of Morell
Morell says that we have every reason to believe that mind power when once called forth follows the analogy of everything we see in the material universe in the fact of its eternity.
Every single effort of mind is a creation which can never go back again into nonentity. It may snooze in the depths of forgetfulness, but there it is, ready at the bidding of some suitable stimulus to come again out of the darkness into the light of consciousness.